2007

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0218  Tuesday, 27 March 2007

From: 		Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 26 Mar 2007 10:32:16 -0400
Subject: 	Romeo and Juliet

While poking around in the MySpace Shakespeare group 
(http://groups.myspace.com/shakespeare), I came across a posting from a 
17 year old girl as follows:

      >Whilst reading Romeo & Juliet the other week I found that,
      >to me, the story was more about teenage stupidity than epic romance.
      >
      >Did I just miss the point?

This got me thinking.  Obviously, the question contains an assumption 
that the play is either/or, and it's a remarkably over-simplified 
question that begs any one of many complex answers.  The general 
consensus on the MySpace list (mostly high school and college students, 
actors, the occasional teacher, and generalists), is that the girl is 
spot on.  I'm very curious to know what the general consensus might be 
among you folk.  So here it goes:

Did she miss the point, or is she basically right?

Cheers,
Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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